Stevenson loss to Roanoke compounded by injury to Dimitri Pecunes

Freshman goalkeeper expected to miss at least one week and possibly as many as three after suffering sprained shoulder in Tuesday night's loss to Roanoke

April 10, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Stevenson is dealing with two losses: Tuesday night’s 14-13 overtime setback to Roanoke and a shoulder injury to starting goalkeeper Dimitri Pecunes.

Coach Paul Cantabene said Wednesday morning that the freshman suffered a sprained AC joint when he was tackled from behind on a clear attempt in the first quarter and fell on his shoulder. Cantabene said Pecunes is expected to be sidelined for at least one week and possibly as many as three.

“So we don’t know when we’re going to get him back,” Cantabene said. “It’s kind of unfortunate because he was really playing well. He gave up one goal and had already five saves. So he was poised for a big night. To get taken down and tackled from behind is kind of unfortunate.”

Pecunes, a Baltimore native and Calvert Hall graduate who had registered a 7.00 goals-against average and a .592 save percentage in 13 starts, was replaced by sophomore Kevin Cain, who surrendered 13 goals while making nine saves. Cantabene said Cain played well considering the circumstances.

“He took over and did a good job,” Cantabene said. “He was pretty solid overall. I don’t think he let in too many soft goals. I don’t think it’s going to change the way we play defense. We’re going to look at some of our personnel defensively and we might change that, but I don’t think it’s going to change anything. Kevin is a very capable goalie. He’s worked really hard, and I think he’s fine. He was in the running to be a starter, but Dimitri beat him out. I think we have a lot of confidence that Kevin is going to do a great job.”

The Mustangs, ranked No. 3 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, fell to 11-2, while the No. 17 Maroons improved to 9-3. Stevenson allowed 14 goals for the first time since a 16-14 loss to Salisbury on April 23, 2011 and dropped a game to a team outside of the USILA top 10 for the first time since 2008, according to Cantabene.

The Mustangs dropped behind No. 2 Dickinson (10-0) and No. 10 Washington College (9-1) in the loss column in the jockeying for seeding in the South Region of the NCAA tournament. While pointing out that there’s room for substantial changes in the postseason horizon, Cantabene conceded that the team’s tournament profile took a blow.

“There’s no question that it could affect us,” he said. “It probably knocks us out of hosting a game here and there, but we still have a chance at hosting a game or two. Now we need some help. We need Dickinson to lose and we need Washington College to lose. You never want to hope that teams lose. You want to be able to control your own destiny. But we’re not really worried about that. We’re worried about correcting our problems, which we’re going to try to do. We’ve got our conference [Middle Atlantic Conference]. Widener is playing pretty well and Albright is 9-1. So we’ve got our hands full with those teams. But it does affect what our seeding is going to be. We just kind of fell asleep in a game where I thought we were the better team, but we didn’t execute like the better team. I thought Roanoke just played harder and executed better than we did.”

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